The Blue Dot Returns, Bacon Wins Re-Election, Nebraska Endorses Playing at Racetracks, 23 Omaha Police Officers Contract COVID-19, and More Local News for Wednesday, November 4

04/11/20 • Day 52 of Phase IVNational case trends

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Today we have stories of election day results, 23 Omaha police officers contracting COVID-19 and Nebraskans are voting to remove slavery from the state constitution.

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In Omaha

  • Joe Biden’s pickup from an electoral voice Nebraska’s second congressional district can prove decisive in a surprisingly close presidential election.
  • The election results are for the Omaha Public School Board.
  • Twenty-three policemen from Omaha have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday, according to a spokesperson for the department.
  • Late voting results indicated that Maureen Boyle and Mike Friend will be joining the Douglas County Council.

Around the state

  • Representative Don Bacon (R) won a rematch on Kara Eastman (D) for the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska.
  • Nebraskains approved three voting initiatives aimed at enabling casino games at six licensed racetracks across the state.
  • Voters in Nebraska easily approved a measure to remove the language from the state constitution that provides an exemption to its prohibition of slavery.
  • The election results are in contention for the state legislature.
  • Nebraska voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to cap the annual interest rate on payday loans at 36%.

What to do during confinement?

From our list of things to do while in confinement:

Take a fall walk in western Nebraska

If you’re not happy with a short drive, why not queue up some of your favorite podcasts or a book on tape and head west. Go see the dunes of Nebraska, Toadstool Geological Park and Campground, the Badlands section of Nebraska or the infamous Carhenge. You can also take a scenic drive to many of these areas along Nebraska Highway 2, which cuts through a beautiful strip of state prairie.

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